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Acer Chromebook R13 CB5-312T - (MediaTek MT8173, 4GB RAM, 64GB eMMC, 13.3 inch HD Touchscreen Display, Silver) £299.99 @ Amazon
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Acer Chromebook R13 CB5-312T - (MediaTek MT8173, 4GB RAM, 64GB eMMC, 13.3 inch HD Touchscreen Display, Silver) £299.99 @ Amazon

£299.99£329.999%Amazon Deals
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Posted 27th Dec 2019

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Available in February, but still a cracking price.
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  • Features a large 13.3" touchscreen with 10-point touch display for increased flexibility
  • Innovative 360-degree hinge design for four versatile modes for work and play
  • Up to 12 hours battery life for work and entertainment throughout the day
  • Full HD display with 1920 x 1080 resolution and IPS technology for vivid viewing and sharp images and text
  • LED-backlit LCD delivers wide-viewing angles - perfect for students, family members, sharing videos and more.
  • Google Play Store and Android Apps supported only in Beta Channel

Product Description
This Chromebook is simple to use and ideal for sharing information. Google drive protects files, documents safely and securely.

With four modes to choose from – notebook, pad, display or tent, finding the right fit for your needs has never been easier

Wrap up all tasks of the day and then return home to enjoy your favourite media content.

At just 15.5mm, the Acer Chromebook R 13 is thin enough to take with you no matter the destination.

Acer’s agile 360° hinge gives you 4 usage modes, and the flexibility to work or play anywhere.

A fan-less design keeps your device silent and dust-free at home and at work.

NOTE: Google Play Store and Android Apps supported only in Beta Channel.

Box Contains
Acer Chromebook R 13
Power adapter
User documentation
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CymraegAce27/12/2019 08:00

I'd personally avoid anything with only a 64Gb eMMC, it sure as **** ain't …I'd personally avoid anything with only a 64Gb eMMC, it sure as **** ain't enough space for a laptop running Windows...Regardless of whether or not you ad-hoc attach portable storage devices, this will become a daily management nightmare in no time..!


Good job it’s a Chromebook then isn’t it...?
CymraegAce27/12/2019 08:00

I'd personally avoid anything with only a 64Gb eMMC, it sure as **** ain't …I'd personally avoid anything with only a 64Gb eMMC, it sure as **** ain't enough space for a laptop running Windows...Regardless of whether or not you ad-hoc attach portable storage devices, this will become a daily management nightmare in no time..!


It's more than adequate for a chromebook
CymraegAce27/12/2019 08:00

I'd personally avoid anything with only a 64Gb eMMC, it sure as **** ain't …I'd personally avoid anything with only a 64Gb eMMC, it sure as **** ain't enough space for a laptop running Windows...Regardless of whether or not you ad-hoc attach portable storage devices, this will become a daily management nightmare in no time..!


You should also avoid posting nonsense like this
CymraegAce27/12/2019 08:00

I'd personally avoid anything with only a 64Gb eMMC, it sure as **** ain't …I'd personally avoid anything with only a 64Gb eMMC, it sure as **** ain't enough space for a laptop running Windows...Regardless of whether or not you ad-hoc attach portable storage devices, this will become a daily management nightmare in no time..!


This doesn't run Windows, 64gb is large for your average Chromebook and will cause you no issues at all.
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Looks a good deal for the money, is this the best small factor Chromebook that £300 can buy? I have a £50 John Lewis voucher which I want to use and also I'd like to replace my old Acer c702 Chromebook.

Any recommendations @MrSwitch ?
I'd personally avoid anything with only a 64Gb eMMC, it sure as **** ain't enough space for a laptop running Windows...

Regardless of whether or not you ad-hoc attach portable storage devices, this will become a daily management nightmare in no time..!
Edited by: "CymraegAce" 27th Dec 2019
CymraegAce27/12/2019 08:00

I'd personally avoid anything with only a 64Gb eMMC, it sure as **** ain't …I'd personally avoid anything with only a 64Gb eMMC, it sure as **** ain't enough space for a laptop running Windows...Regardless of whether or not you ad-hoc attach portable storage devices, this will become a daily management nightmare in no time..!


It's more than adequate for a chromebook
bigurty27/12/2019 07:51

Looks a good deal for the money, is this the best small factor Chromebook …Looks a good deal for the money, is this the best small factor Chromebook that £300 can buy? I have a £50 John Lewis voucher which I want to use and also I'd like to replace my old Acer c702 Chromebook. Any recommendations @MrSwitch ?


I don't know if it's the best small factor Chromebook, I just know it's good value.
CymraegAce27/12/2019 08:00

I'd personally avoid anything with only a 64Gb eMMC, it sure as **** ain't …I'd personally avoid anything with only a 64Gb eMMC, it sure as **** ain't enough space for a laptop running Windows...Regardless of whether or not you ad-hoc attach portable storage devices, this will become a daily management nightmare in no time..!


Good job it’s a Chromebook then isn’t it...?
CymraegAce27/12/2019 08:00

I'd personally avoid anything with only a 64Gb eMMC, it sure as **** ain't …I'd personally avoid anything with only a 64Gb eMMC, it sure as **** ain't enough space for a laptop running Windows...Regardless of whether or not you ad-hoc attach portable storage devices, this will become a daily management nightmare in no time..!


This doesn't run Windows, 64gb is large for your average Chromebook and will cause you no issues at all.
CymraegAce27/12/2019 08:00

I'd personally avoid anything with only a 64Gb eMMC, it sure as **** ain't …I'd personally avoid anything with only a 64Gb eMMC, it sure as **** ain't enough space for a laptop running Windows...Regardless of whether or not you ad-hoc attach portable storage devices, this will become a daily management nightmare in no time..!


You should also avoid posting nonsense like this
Unfortunately this chipset is woeful even for a chromebook, the cpu is as low end as you can get from 2015.... Better value getting a 300 quid windows lappy not that that will be much better. @MrSwitch I'm crushed...
Techgl27/12/2019 08:41

Unfortunately this chipset is woeful even for a chromebook, the cpu is as …Unfortunately this chipset is woeful even for a chromebook, the cpu is as low end as you can get from 2015.... Better value getting a 300 quid windows lappy not that that will be much better. @MrSwitch I'm crushed...


This is decent for what it'll be used for
Got this for 330 ish over a year ago with discount from acer site. Price doesn't seem to have dropped alot.
irabbs727/12/2019 08:50

Got this for 330 ish over a year ago with discount from acer site. Price …Got this for 330 ish over a year ago with discount from acer site. Price doesn't seem to have dropped alot.


Probably seen as a good thing in some ways, means it's still a decent machine for the money, how you found it?
CymraegAce27/12/2019 08:00

I'd personally avoid anything with only a 64Gb eMMC, it sure as **** ain't …I'd personally avoid anything with only a 64Gb eMMC, it sure as **** ain't enough space for a laptop running Windows...Regardless of whether or not you ad-hoc attach portable storage devices, this will become a daily management nightmare in no time..!


It's a chromebook.... Why would u run Windows on this? Once again its a chromebook...
Techgl27/12/2019 08:41

Unfortunately this chipset is woeful even for a chromebook, the cpu is as …Unfortunately this chipset is woeful even for a chromebook, the cpu is as low end as you can get from 2015.... Better value getting a 300 quid windows lappy not that that will be much better. @MrSwitch I'm crushed...


It's does the job fine I've not noticed any problems with it in the time ive had it. It runs smoothly, has a better screen then windows laptops this price and the battery was 10-11 hours when I first had it slightly less now.
MrSwitch27/12/2019 08:51

Probably seen as a good thing in some ways, means it's still a decent …Probably seen as a good thing in some ways, means it's still a decent machine for the money, how you found it?


Left a description on my last post. I use it more than my windows laptop which is sluggish now... Use it for uni work and surfing the net. Decent screen, good battery and runs smoothly is what I found.
Would recommend asus c302 for similar money...
I love my R13, great keyboard, really nice touchscreen, sleak and light to hold. I only use it for emailing, browsing that sort of stuff, as I have a windows desktop for designwork etc. Being a chromebook it wakes up pretty instantly, amazing battery life. I rarely use it as a tablet fully folded as I prefer to touchtype. It is in use for browsing for probably 2 to 3 hours every day.
Great deal thanks, looking for another R13 for mother in law. She was considering an ipad or similar but realised that when the keypad is on the screen there is not much screen left to look at when browsing. Will be ordering one.
Many thanks
Auto update/support until June 2024 which, iirc , has been extended recently so this is a good price.
Others in this price range to consider is the Lenovo S340 or Asus c423
As someone with a low end dual core and Chromebook, I'll definitely say that the Chrome OS is very lightweight and doesn't do a bad job at utilising what it's given.
Poor for the money. Better off with an iPad with a keyboard at this price. You can match the performance or even better it for less without the touch screen
irabbs727/12/2019 08:53

It's does the job fine I've not noticed any problems with it in the time …It's does the job fine I've not noticed any problems with it in the time ive had it. It runs smoothly, has a better screen then windows laptops this price and the battery was 10-11 hours when I first had it slightly less now.


Yes I'd imagine battery usage will be minimal so will last well.
MrSwitch27/12/2019 08:46

This is decent for what it'll be used for


I believe you millions wouldnt...
Techgl27/12/2019 10:08

I believe you millions wouldnt...


It's not for everyone that's why there's different products out there to cater for different needs.
charltonator27/12/2019 09:52

Poor for the money. Better off with an iPad with a keyboard at this price. …Poor for the money. Better off with an iPad with a keyboard at this price. You can match the performance or even better it for less without the touch screen


Link me to a 13.3 inch ipad for this much? Are u on about the cheapest ipad 2019 which uses parts from 3 or 4 years ago?
We have an Acer cb3-431, the all metal macbook air style Chromebook, and it has been great. What is nice is the full hd IPS screen on it and build. The keyboard is okay, not entirely to my tastes. But I'm not the biggest fan of low profile keys.

We have the odd issue with the operating system, which is usually remedied with a scrub. Really happy I recommended it to my partner, as I've had to do hardly any technical support on it at all. It mainly works. Only issue is printing.

There's a Lenovo listed at the moment, for about £180, non-touch screen:
hotukdeals.com/dea…912
Sadly it's not an IPS but likely fine for close individual work. I don't mind the feel of the Ideapad keyboards. So would think that despite a poorer chassis, would feel better. But each to their own.

(The laptop space feels oddly neglected - it's an area in desperate need of an overhaul in my eyes. In many ways you get more bang for your buck with a tablet/phone.)
charltonator27/12/2019 09:52

Poor for the money. Better off with an iPad with a keyboard at this price. …Poor for the money. Better off with an iPad with a keyboard at this price. You can match the performance or even better it for less without the touch screen



Not you're not; IOS is so limiting. This is way better than an ipad; If you are not computer literate then ipad ok.

I do think this chrome book should be nearer £250 though.
Edited by: "afroylnt" 27th Dec 2019
afroylnt27/12/2019 13:01

Not you're not; IOS is so limiting. This is way better than an ipad; If you …Not you're not; IOS is so limiting. This is way better than an ipad; If you are not computer literate then ipad ok.I do think this chrome book should be nearer £250 though.


Yeh ipad is a simple OS for simple people you can do much more with chromebook.
I recently purchased one of these for a long holiday and moreso for the flights. Was disappointed with the face that it doesn't support all micro sd card. Tried the 128 sandisk that I purchased for my camera and wouldn't recognise it so was a let down in that sense also seemed to crash now and again for no reason with forums saying to re-install which I wasn't happy with specially with it being brand new I also paid more but with some vouchers I had. I'd say this is a fair price although someone had some nearly new on ebay for £199.
I don't like MTK chip's in phones, god knows what's this like in a chromebook.
ws00727/12/2019 14:03

I don't like MTK chip's in phones, god knows what's this like in a …I don't like MTK chip's in phones, god knows what's this like in a chromebook.


Perfectly adequate! In fact probably more than adequate!

MTK chips in phones are really good at powering android. The OEM's that install them, who are mainly at the lower end, do so without a thought of supporting the product. So the chips tend to get bundled into the "meh" territory that those products inhabit.

MTK in Chromebooks, however, is a completely different scenario. Take this example for instance, been one of the goto Chromebooks in this price range for the last few years and has only been superseded recently by the Lenovo S330 which was last year's stand out star in this price bracket. The S330 is another which is powered by MTK.

Google support Chromebooks in a way that they can't with phones. Each Chromebook is developed with Google "in" at the beginning. Each Chromebook motherboard (including CPU WiFi chip, Bluetooth chip etc etc) is signed off by Google before the OEM can use it. There are some CPUs that aren't very good performers but the MTK chip in this isn't one of them
waynehardy27/12/2019 16:04

Perfectly adequate! In fact probably more than adequate!MTK chips in …Perfectly adequate! In fact probably more than adequate!MTK chips in phones are really good at powering android. The OEM's that install them, who are mainly at the lower end, do so without a thought of supporting the product. So the chips tend to get bundled into the "meh" territory that those products inhabit.MTK in Chromebooks, however, is a completely different scenario. Take this example for instance, been one of the goto Chromebooks in this price range for the last few years and has only been superseded recently by the Lenovo S330 which was last year's stand out star in this price bracket. The S330 is another which is powered by MTK.Google support Chromebooks in a way that they can't with phones. Each Chromebook is developed with Google "in" at the beginning. Each Chromebook motherboard (including CPU WiFi chip, Bluetooth chip etc etc) is signed off by Google before the OEM can use it. There are some CPUs that aren't very good performers but the MTK chip in this isn't one of them


Thanks very much for the info.
CymraegAce27/12/2019 08:00

I'd personally avoid anything with only a 64Gb eMMC, it sure as **** ain't …I'd personally avoid anything with only a 64Gb eMMC, it sure as **** ain't enough space for a laptop running Windows...Regardless of whether or not you ad-hoc attach portable storage devices, this will become a daily management nightmare in no time..!


What a load of rollocks
Techgl27/12/2019 08:41

Unfortunately this chipset is woeful even for a chromebook, the cpu is as …Unfortunately this chipset is woeful even for a chromebook, the cpu is as low end as you can get from 2015.... Better value getting a 300 quid windows lappy not that that will be much better. @MrSwitch I'm crushed...


I wish Hot Deals for Chromebooks werent full of people commenting with no ideas of wht they are talking about..This thread of typical of responses

MediaTek MT8173 is fine for Chromebook without the bloat of a full Windows installation. I have slightly smaller CB with same CPU and its speed is great, very little lag if at all with numerous tabs open including you tube videos etc, Good IPS Screen, HDMI output to a full 1080 screen by Desktop extension or Mirror screen etc., Instant on with opening CB lid, quick boot ups ffrom cold, No Virus Checkers, Simple software upgrades

It was a relavation compared to my old laptop...
steve2828/12/2019 10:14

I wish Hot Deals for Chromebooks werent full of people commenting with no …I wish Hot Deals for Chromebooks werent full of people commenting with no ideas of wht they are talking about..This thread of typical of responsesMediaTek MT8173 is fine for Chromebook without the bloat of a full Windows installation. I have slightly smaller CB with same CPU and its speed is great, very little lag if at all with numerous tabs open including you tube videos etc, Good IPS Screen, HDMI output to a full 1080 screen by Desktop extension or Mirror screen etc., Instant on with opening CB lid, quick boot ups ffrom cold, No Virus Checkers, Simple software upgradesIt was a relavation compared to my old laptop...


If I want to just browse I'll use my phone maybe you should get one. ignorance is bliss clearly.
Techgl28/12/2019 11:34

If I want to just browse I'll use my phone maybe you should get one. If I want to just browse I'll use my phone maybe you should get one. ignorance is bliss clearly.


Trolls gonna troll

Mobile browsing, as good as it is these days, still can't fully compare to desktop-class browsing. If you can only afford one device, then buy the best mobile you can afford, and use that.
Techgl28/12/2019 11:34

If I want to just browse I'll use my phone maybe you should get one. If I want to just browse I'll use my phone maybe you should get one. ignorance is bliss clearly.


Keep digging..the hole is getting deeper..

Chromebooks offer far more than just browsing. Google Docs or G Suite is more than capable enough for the average home user, Hundreds of thousands of small business use it. Of course if you dont like cloud based apps or use larger excel/vba/macro sheets YMMV though. Lots of other software options, Linux Apps, LibreOffice etc..
solid29/12/2019 09:14

Trolls gonna trollMobile browsing, as good as it is these days, still …Trolls gonna trollMobile browsing, as good as it is these days, still can't fully compare to desktop-class browsing. If you can only afford one device, then buy the best mobile you can afford, and use that.



My mobile's browser is very fast. But there a couple of irritations: bookmarklets, and copy pasting of urls. That drives me nuts. Other horrid thing about mobile, is Google or whomever sniffing your every keypress. Not sure if that's the same on a Chromebook. But I certainly have privacy concerns on Android and have to sandbox devices, which is really irritatiting. I'm not a fan of Chrome's privacy either, and the inability to use 'free' ad-blockers. So that pretty much stuffs me for a Chromebook. The file operation stuff is a usability headache. But workable once you get your head around the warts. Warts are applicable to most hardware/software so nothing unique here. It could all be a little better. Hoping that Google's investing in their pixel devices, will lend polish to the operating system.
At £300 a MediaDrek CPU is unforgivable
steve2829/12/2019 11:19

Keep digging..the hole is getting deeper.. Chromebooks offer far …Keep digging..the hole is getting deeper.. Chromebooks offer far more than just browsing. Google Docs or G Suite is more than capable enough for the average home user, Hundreds of thousands of small business use it. Of course if you dont like cloud based apps or use larger excel/vba/macro sheets YMMV though. Lots of other software options, Linux Apps, LibreOffice etc..


hotukdeals.com/dea…068 love to see how you compare this.....
Techgl29/12/2019 19:24

https://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/aspire-3-intel-core-i3-7020u-4gb-ram-128gb-ssd-156-inch-hd-laptop-3377068 love to see how you compare this.....


Jeez... In about three months the Windows laptop will slow down, and in a year's time, you'll be drowning in updates. Good luck to you
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